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Case Study: Ohio State University Medical Center (OSUMC)

Ohio State University Medical Center (OSUMC) is comprised of 1,000 inpatient beds in five hospitals, clinics, academic and research facilities. Ohio State University Medical Center (OSUMC) utilized an overhead rail material handling system for a number of years, supporting 1,620,424 gsf in several facilities.

In 1997, Ohio State University Medical Center (OSUMC) projected a requirement of 2,800 to 3,000 daily trips by 2004. Realizing the cost of operating and maintaining the overhead rail system was greater than overall labor savings OSUMC initiated an in-depth assessment of material handling alternatives.

programming, schematics, design, bid, AGV manufacturer selection, construction administration and implementation assistance services.

To make-the-building-ready for ATS system installation, a phased $3.5 million effort, impacting 50 different areas, in the Hospital was required. TSG served as primary consultant through Schematic Design. Schooley Caldwell Associates (SCA) served as lead architect, with TSG assuming a sub-consultant role for Design Development. Synergent provides onsite day-to-day project management of the implementation. Initial installation of the ATS was completed in 2004.

The Schachinger Group (TSG) was retained to study and lead Ohio State University Medical Center (OSUMC) efforts to ascertain the most appropriate materials handling system strategies.

Study objectives were to analyze current and future materials handling requirements, to identify options, and to determine the best course of action. Four alternatives were considered. A new automated guided vehicle (AGV) system was determined to be the best alternative, saving $65 million dollars over 20 years, as compared with the existing system. TSG provided materials handling and transportation studies, facilitated process reengineering of user-departments, assisted in the development of operating procedures,

    Ohio State University Medical Center (OSUMC) ATS COMPONENTS
  • 46 Automated Robots
  • 8 Different Type of Carts
  • 9 Dedicated ATS Lifts
  • 2 Automatic Cart Washers
  • Master Control System
  • Battery Charging System

ATS lifts reduced the demand on existing staff and public elevators. As a result, the typical response time for a staff elevator has decreased from 4 minutes to 90 seconds. Public elevator response time also decreased.

The ATS allows personnel to maximize the amount of time spent caring for patients, while providing a safer workplace through use of automated transport devices.